Meet the Class of 2019: Jon Dutka

Published: Friday, May 10, 2019

Jon Dutka

As Jon Dutka ’19 goes out into the post-college world, he knows his time at Thomas College was worth it.

“I feel prepared and confident for the next phase of my life, thanks to the professional skills and knowledge I’ve acquired here and the people I’ve connected with,” said Jon.

“The people and community at Thomas are the best parts, from which I have learned a great deal. I have gained self-confidence and mental strength, thanks to the Thomas community.”

A Business Management major, Jon was a four-year member of the Men’s Soccer team, playing goalkeeper. Along the way, he was also involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, FBLA-PBL, and Thomas Action.

This past semester, Jon began coaching the goalkeepers and teaching mental toughness to the whole team.

“Through continuing my soccer career, I grew and matured into a better version of myself. I learned about mental toughness, which led me to teach my former teammates about the significance of a strong mind, both in soccer and in life.”

In the fall, Jon plans to return to Thomas College for his MBA, while continuing to coach the goalkeepers for the Men’s Soccer team. After he completes his MBA, he would like to pursue a path in sustainability, while continuing to coach soccer.

At Thomas, Jon has made a lot of great connections – both with people who have become his close friends and with faculty members who have given him academic and life advice.

“Ryan Wheaton, my advisor, influenced me greatly during my four years here. He was always supportive when I needed help; he was empathetic, and I enjoyed going to his classes. He inspired me to make my education a lifelong journey and to discover the best version of myself.”

Overall, Jon’s thankful for his time at Thomas College and will miss it a lot.

“I will miss my close friends the most after I leave Thomas. I have grown with them over the last four years, which has been a fun journey.”

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